Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk has revealed that he may leave the club in January after a touchline row with coach Luciano Spalletti, alerting several European clubs including Chelsea.
The tensions were already building at the dressing room. His lofty wages sparked outrage among fellow team mates, resulting in dressing room disharmony. The player himself has endured a torrid time since his £39.5m switch from Porto in September, only managing three goals in 13 games.
However, this constant mounting susurration of conflict that has slowly enveloped over the past few months reached its crescendo last night when Hulk was substituted by Spalletti with 10minutes to spare in Zenith’s 1-0 triumph over AC Milan in the Champions League.
The Brazilian refused to shake hands before taking his place on the bench and showed a ‘finished gesture’ towards the Italian. The former Roma manager didn’t take it lightly who responded with defiant head shake and finger wag.
Hulk then went on show his rage and proclaimed his intentions of leaving the club. Speaking to the media he said “If the situation with Spalletti is not solved, in January I will leave.”
The 26-year-old is one of the hottest properties in Europe and several top clubs would be looking to pounce on the opportunity to bring him at the club, if he leaves in January. Chelsea, long term admirers of his talent, are in need of a striker, and could well exploit the situation by making a move for him in the January transfer window.